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Ambode worried about traffic gridlock , robberies

Governor Ambode (left), Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (right) and the former Special Adviser on Central Business District (CBD), Mr. Folarin Coker (middle) on a pedestrian bridge at Oworoshoki during his inspection tour of traffic points in the state on Thursday. Photo: LASG

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday released the policy direction of his administration for the next three and half years and appealed for the support and cooperation of all Lagosians in moving the state forward.

The Governor who spoke at the inaugural retreat organised by the State Government for Commissioners, Special Advisers and body of Permanent Secretaries in the state, expressed concern over the persistent traffic gridlock in the metropolis, and the increase in spate of robberies.

In the interim, he said he has directed the fixing of all potholes to ease vehicular movement, while security agencies have been mandated to enforce the ban on commercial motorcycle operators popularly called Okada riders on highways.

According to him, aside the risks of accidents, commercial motorcycles can also be a security threat to the people.

Governor Ambode, who said the government is also working hard to restrict street hawking, urged the people to stop patronising them, so as to discourage street traders from the highways.

“We have already hit the ground running. I’m deeply concerned about the issues that Lagosians are sending back to me and the issues range from security issues, traffic gridlock and the environment itself. But again just as we are looking at the immediate solutions to them, there are medium term solutions that Lagosians will see in the next few weeks that we will roll out.”

“We have declared zero tolerance on potholes and we are deploying more men to ensure free flow of traffic. As we are now in the ‘Ember’ months, I just want to appeal to Lagosians to be more vigilant, and cooperate with us in all the measures we will be carrying out,” Governor Ambode said.

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